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DETROIT LAKES - Dave Peterson says his upcoming trek through Minnesota is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, but also to have an enjoyable vacation with his son, Josh. The two are participating in the Habitat 500 -- a 500-plus-mile bike ride to be completed in one week. They leave Monticello on Sunday, July 13. "I've never done it and always wanted to," Dave Peterson said. "It worked out we could both do it this summer, so we said let's do it." There are 119 riders taking part in the international ride, the majority of them from Minnesota.
DETROIT LAKES - The on-again, off-again plan by Scott Brevik to show outdoor movies in Detroit Lakes is on again. After getting approval from the city council to show family-oriented movies in the City Park bandshell on Fridays in June and July, Brevik decided he couldn't necessarily afford the copyrighting costs and said he couldn't show movies without some financial support. One resident in particular called him, was "willing to donate money out of pocket," and found other supporters as well.
Crews reached a milestone in the Highway 10 project today when the new highway was opened to traffic. Although all four lanes throughout the project will not be open until early August, Fourth of July travelers will be able to test out the new road, a goal of contractor Hoffman Construction. First planned for June 28, the opening date was postponed because of some rain delays and because that date was a Saturday.
DETROIT LAKES - When Bridget Miller was 20 weeks along in her pregnancy, she and her husband, Jesse, found out their daughter had congenital diaphragmatic hernia. "That just means her diaphragm didn't form," Bridget Miller explained. At 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Bridget was told her baby had a 50 percent chance of living. Two weeks before she delivered, she was told her daughter now had a 5 percent chance to live. "Somebody had to be that 5 percent.
DETROIT LAKES - It's no secret increasing fuel prices are affecting everyone. The city is no exception. Sixty percent of budgeted funds for fuel are already gone in only the first five months of the year.
DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes resident Scott Brevik said he wanted to show movies in the city's bandshell as something for families to do together on a Friday night, but without some financial support, that's not going to happen. Brevik got approval last week from the Detroit Lakes City Council to show movies at the bandshell, but he said he was disappointed the city wouldn't kick in any money for the cause. "There's interest in it, but in order to do a movie, you have to go through legal rights and it's $250 to get a movie," he said.
DETROIT LAKES - With several options to take a look at, the Heartland Trail connect from Park Rapids to Moorhead is a "blank canvas" at this point. Those are the words of Tim Browning, Department of Natural Resources Northwest regional manager of the Trails and Waterways Division. Browning, John Stewart and Laurie Young held the first open house in Detroit Lakes Thursday evening.
DETROIT LAKES - After a meeting of the minds and hours of discussion, the city of Detroit Lakes has identified major projects to look at and prioritized them accordingly. Topping the list is the Gateway District as priority No. 1. No. 2 is the half-cent sales tax, No. 3 is trails, parks and lake quality, No. 4 is wastewater and water, and No.
DETROIT LAKES - Not only did the Detroit Lakes student council's Care Week provide support for the community, it also earned the student council national accolades. Student council advisor Bonnie Mohs received word a couple weeks ago that the group had won the National DifferenceMaker Award, developed by Mike Smith and given out by the Alliance for Student Activities. "His basic philosophy is 'Every day, you should try to make a difference in the life of at least one other person,'" Mohs said of national speaker Mike Smith.
DETROIT LAKES - For the last seven years, Janell Girodat has lived with cancer. But that doesn't mean it has taken over her life or that she doesn't put up a good fight each and every day. And people are noticing. Girodat, of Kindred, has been chosen as the torchbearer for this year's Becker County Relay for Life, scheduled for Friday. "Her name was brought up and we had heard what an inspiration she was to the high school kids," Relay for Life organizer Michelle Bjorgan said.